Why buying a car with a logbook loan attached to it is a bad idea

There is a general agreement that ignorance is bliss and what you don’t know doesn’t hurt you. While this would apply in many other scenarios, it doesn’t apply to buying a car that has a logbook loan attached to it. It is not okay to just wake up one day and buy a car from a friend or colleague without doing diligence. With the popularity of logbook loans in the UK, chances are that the car you might be buying has an outstanding finance to it.

Before we get into why it’s a bad idea to buy a car with a logbook loan attachment to it, let’s understand what a logbook loan is. A logbook loan is essentially a secured bad credit loan where a borrower uses his car as security to get access to credit. It is a fairly popular means of borrowing for individuals with bad credit or those who have filed for bankruptcy in the past. Of course, the allure for logbook loans has to do with the fact that credit checks do not play an integral role in determining whether a person is approved for the loan or not.

That said, how is a logbook loan agreement arrived at?

Well, when you express interest to apply for a logbook loan, the lender will first assess whether you meet the basic requirements and if your car is in good condition. Of course, the amount you are entitled to under a V5 loan is informed by the value of your car as well as your ability to repay the same. Once the lender is convinced that you qualify, you will sign two agreements. One is a personal loan agreement and the second is a bill of sale agreement. The bill of sale agreement simply states that you have transferred the ownership of the car to the lender and therefore you have no right to sell it so long as you are still servicing your loan. It also gives the lender the right to repossess your car should you be unable to repay the loan in totality.

In other words, once you take a logbook loan, the car is no longer yours but rather the property of the lender. You are therefore prohibited from selling the same. That said, that has not deterred several car owners to sell their cars with logbook loan attachment to unsuspecting customers.

Never ever buy a car with outstanding finance!

The reality of the matter is that buying a car with a logbook loan attachment to it is akin to flushing your hard earned money down the toilet. You are not the legal owner of the car and any agreement you entered into with the car seller is null and void under the UK laws. The logbook loan lender has the legal right to repossess the car and you will be left with an egg on the face.

How can you avoid this scenario?

Well, before you buy any car, ensure that you subject it to a HPI check to ensure that there is no logbook loan attached to it. Only buy a car from a dealer when you are sure that it’s free of any financial attachment!

How to improve chances of approval for a logbook loan as well as how to reduce chances of car repossession

You will agree with me that if you have bad credit and have literally been turned away on numerous occasions every time you sought for a loan from mainstream banks, chances are that you are bound to be hasty when making financial decisions especially where credit checks are not an issue. Most individuals with bad credit have found themselves in unfamiliar territories when they haphazardly agreed to a contract without understanding how the said contract will affect them. Essentially, this desperation from bad credit individuals is what unscrupulous logbook loan lenders take advantage of to swindle individuals and ensure that they are forever indebted to them.

Applying for a logbook loan should be something that is well thought out, informed and not done in a haste. It is imperative that you take measures to understand how the terms and conditions of the loan will affect you prior to signing on the dotted line. That said, how can you improve your chances of getting approved for a logbook loan? No doubt, the belief is that since credit checks are not an issue, getting approved is assured. Well, this is not is always the case as approval is premised on a number of factors.

For one, to improve your chances of approval, ensure that you are of age, reside within the UK, receive salary on a regular basis or rather show proof that you can service your loan and maintain your car on a regular basis. While this is essentially what many logbook loan lenders insist on, the truth of the matter is that it’s not enough to secure you a logbook loan. In addition to a car that is in good condition, the tax and insurance details of the car must be in order. What this simply means is that even if you meet the eligibility requirements and your car insurance and tax details are not in order, then you can forget about being approved.

Secondly, you need to have a Ministry of transport (MOT) certificate that essentially shows that your car is road worthy. The car must also not be older than 10 years old. Therefore, if you are keen on getting approved at the first go, it’s imperative that you ensure all the above are in order as lack of one or two could see your application rejected.

Now that we’ve looked at how you can ensure you get approved for a logbook loan, let’s take a look at how to reduce chances of your car being repossessed. No doubt, the fool proof way of ensuring that your car is not repossessed is by being prompt in payment. In other words, you should be on top of your repayments and not default. However, we both know that things happen and at times we are forced to default. When this happens, it is imperative that you don’t go under or cut communications with your lender.

Most logbook loan lenders resort to car repossession due to lack of communication or because the borrower simply goes mute and doesn’t respond to communication on why they have fallen behind. If you experience financial problems, approach the lender and explain why that is the case. Try to make them understand and if your lender is understanding, there is a high probability that they will work out something with you rather than resort to repossessing your car.

In conclusion, logbook loans if utilised are a great way to resolve your financial issues when you are between a rock and hard place. Consequently, if utilised badly, they could make your financial situation worse than it was before you took out one. Always make an informed decision and only borrow what you can afford to repay!